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FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. we've never seen this before in president obama. there is a lot of ground to cover tonight of we'll check in with our focus group. we're live with a lot of voters out there. frank, interested in their reaction tonight. >> and there is in denver that voted accurately and how many of you thought barack obama was a winner, how many of you thought mitt romney? understand this. 13 of the 24 people voted for obama in 2008. why did mitt romney do so well? >> i just respected his ability to speak to issues that he was on point. he looked like he was well prepared. i was very impressed. >> i agree. same thing. decisive. leadership. >> jordan? >> had passion and he's been try and talked about leadership, we need that. >> notice you're telling me attributes and not substansz. not issues. how he performed rather than where he stood. >> this is to talk about social issues. we understand his business background, how well he's done. we haven't heard anything substantial. tonight i heard what i needed to hear from him. so you are now a romney supporter? >> absolutely. >> you weren't coming in here?
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 11:30pm PDT
obama i think calm and basically explanatory tonight. governor romney, more hyper, and i don't mean that in a negative way, just sort of more amped, more assertive. and that manifests in a way that the debate format was just dismantled. the format and i think the moderator, with all due respect to mr. lehrer dismantled. this is one of those debates, you could predict the score more by time of possession in terms of who was speaking more. then you could by any other individual plays. let me bring in steve schmidt who is a senior strategist. what's your overall assessment? >> i think it was a great night for mitt romney. i think the doom and gloom that's been hanging over the romney campaign, republicans in general has lifted tonight. i think that the democratic advance which began literally a month ago when clint eastwood walked out on stage ended tonight. i think the race is going to tighten. i think mitt romney was in command of this from the beginning. i'm not sure that he lost an exchange during the entire debate. a startling performance in my view and just the context of how good mit
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm PDT
a record. second place goes to president obama speech. he had 52,000 tweets per minute. tonight's doubled that number z within the first 30 minutes. twitter. .com. you can check out fox news.com your other news source you know, greta i continue to say twitter is great but nanna has no idea what i'm talking about right now. nanna, nanna @ nanna. >> there gou. >> when we come back a final thought live from denver, keep it here. dad vo: ok, time for bed, kiddo. lights out. ♪ (sirens) (train horn) ♪ vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> the fact is that if you're the race
FOX News
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
a record. second place goes to president obama speech. he had 52,000 tweets per minute. tonight's doubled that number z within the first 30 minutes. twitter. .com. you can check out fox news.com your other news source you know, greta i continue to say twitter is great but nanna has no idea what i'm talking about right now. nanna, nanna @ nanna. >> there gou. >> when we come back a final thought live from denver, keep it here. [ male announcer ] what if you had thermal night-vision goggles, like in a special ops mission? you'd spot movement, gather intelligence with minimal collateral damage. but rather than neutralizing enemies in their sleep, yoargeting stocks to trade. well, that's what trade architect's heat maps do. they make you a trading assassin. trade architect. td ameritrade's empowering web-based trading platform. trade commission-free for 60 days, and we'll throw in up to $600 when you open an account. >>> the fact is that if you're the race the way you describe, governor, it's not possible to come up with enough loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avo
PBS
Oct 4, 2012 3:00am EDT
, denver los angeles and washington. president obama and governor romney faced off tonight in the first of three debates before election day on november 6th. domestic policy was in focus during the 90-minute showdown at the university of denver. the platform gave govern romney an opportunity to reignite his campaign which has suffered some this summer. they sparred across a range of issues. >> there's a various done of small businesses across the country saying what's the effect of obamacare in your hiring plans. three quarters said it makes us less likely to hire people. i just don't know how the president could come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment and economic crises at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> the irony is that we've seen this model work really well, in massachusetts. because govern romney did a good thing, working with democrats in the state to set up what is essentially the identical model, and as a consequence, people are c
WHUT
Oct 4, 2012 10:00am EDT
said how he'll pay for it. but he still i thought did very well on most counts tonight. barack obama surprised me. i wouldn't call him he was passive tonight. he seemed to pull back a little bit on dodd-frank and preexisting conditions and loopholes. he had a good line but didn't quite deliver it with any kind of sharpness. never mentioned 47%, never mentioned bain, never mentioned massachusetts jobs. i'm a democrat, the consolation i have is i've got about 17 tweets tonight with people saying they thought it was boring. most americans think that and secondly debates rarely change the outcome. >> rose: mike murphy, what do you think. >> i think romney did win tonight but i think he won something bigger than one debate. he had a campaign that was in trouble and with this debate, i think he broke through kind of the stage villain persona that the negative advertising accredited around him. now he's going to get what he really needs to take the race back which is a second look in october. the interesting thing is there will now be a surge of enthusiasm for romney and a lot of anger and
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
road experience walking up to that tonight? so his problem is not going to be barack obama or leer, his problem is going to be mitt romney. because when they play romney as opposed to the romney tonight, he's going to look like a a flip flopper. >> the list of things that were not discussed tonight in a night that was all about domestic policy. no discussion of the 47%, no discussion of union rights, no discussion of women's rights, bain, abortion, romney's jobs record in massachusetts even as he kept bringing up massachusetts over and over. chris, what did you think? >> well, this tonight wasn't an msnbc debate, was it? it just wasn't. it had none of the things you mentioned. it didn't mention all of the key fighting points of this campaign. and certainly there was no bobby kennedy in the green room before barack obama came out tonight. i don't know what he was doing there. he had his head down. he was enduring rather than fighting. romney came out with a campaign. he was going to be aggressive. nothing to do with the words he spoke. here's my question for obama. i know he likes t
FOX Business
Oct 4, 2012 9:20am EDT
disappointed with his guy. >> where was obama tonight? i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. james carville, also noticed a new attacking style from romney. quote, mitt romney came in with a chain saw. and this tweet from bill maher. >> i can't believe i'm saying this, but obama looks like he needs-- he does need a teleprompter. well, coming up at ten o'clock. the top of the hour, eastern that would be, we will talk to brent about the media coverage of this debate. here is a question for you. by ten o'clock eastern, will the establishment media have rallied around the president, will they have a new tone by then? that will be new at 10. please go to our facebook page and give us your opinion on the debate and i want to hear from you, whether or not you are supporting president obama or not. i really want to hear from anybody who thought that president obama won the debate last night. come on, chime in. dare we call this a romney rally? futures up as we firmly count down the to the opening bell of the marke
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
. what are each of these guys thinking they need to do tonight? >> well, i think obama's the one i'm focused on, the president. because everybody's been talking about, it's romney's big chance, it's romney's opportunity, blah, blah, blah. suppose obama goes on the attack tonight. suppose he surprises everybody and doesn't play defense. he doesn't try to handle his opponent and clinch, that he really goes and tries to put him away. and i think that's the significanti i significanting question. how does romney deal with the fact that he has no spontaneity? no ability to deal with the unexpected? how does he deal with that in the debate for an hour and a half? so will obama go after the guy, not play defense, not finesse the guy, knock him out and end this thing. and will the other guy be able to deal with the unexpected, which perhaps will be obama coming after him, not him coming after obama. >> chris, when you talk about the president potentially going after mitt romney, do you mean in terms of stylistic aggression, or do you means in terms of trying to nail him as a flip-flopper or
FOX Business
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
new and unexpected direction. president obama is tonight seemingly less the object of sympathy than the target of harsh criticism from left wing of luminaries upset with his lackluster and at times seemingly detached performance. the new york times today wrote, there are two more chances for the president to change tactics were to at least show up to the debate. president xanax just doesn't cut it. the "washington post" has written, if the obama campaign was worried about them is being overconfident going into the final stretch, tonight should allay those fears. chris matthews wind, where was obama tonight? well, his nbc colleague ed schultz admitted he was absolutely stunned by the president's dismal performance. michael moore tweeted, is bill clinton coming into some? wakeup. john mccain. the republican national committee seized on governor romney's dominance in the evening sky and the president's principal reaction to that and entitled the smirk. >> the cut the deficit in half. four years later and we have a trillion dollar deficit. my view is we ought to provide tax relief to pe
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney tonight on the same stage for the first time. and our political team is on the ground. >>> smoke alarm. after seeing tonight's report, you may be prompted to check and see which type smoke detector you have because our nbc news investigation has found many may not work fast enough when every second counts. >>> plus, field of dreams. not a dry eye in the house as a young man with big dreams gets a second chance in the big leagues. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. before too long now, before the end of the evening, we will know how each man did, we will know if anything happens tonight that will fundamentally change the course of this race. we already know that all this debate expectations management you've been hearing is just that. these two men, president barack obama and governor mitt romney, have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together an
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 1:00am EDT
think about tonight? >> i think that president barack obama did a wonderful job tonight. education was very important. i would love to be evidence in my children to a better school but at the moment that are not accessible. things were not looking good for mitt romney. it was quite natural for him to come out there and be very defensive, as he was denied to the next few weeks will be very crucial with the election being rider on the corner. i totally support barack obama, and we will go through it to the finish line. >> i think president barack obama really held his composure. there may have been times that he wanted to get frustrated or upset that he really held himself. i commend him for not getting upset and showing his frustration. it is only the first debate and we still have the vice- presidential debate. the republicans should not get so uppity with this whole thing because it was the first debate. governor mitt romney had to really come out there and show himself because it has not been looking at good for him the last few weeks. i don't think president barack obama did anythin
FOX
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
the cynical, there was it kind of policy tonight. you heard president obama at one. take the president -- take mitt romney to task. that did not happen until the last half-hour of the debate. for the better part of the first hour, it was mitt romney who was pn offense, challenging the president's record, addressing him directly, accusing the president of misrepresenting mitt romney. toward the end, we heard mitt romney say, you are entitled to your own house and plain, but not your own facts. there was a fair amount of %+arring back and forth. generally speaking, there demeanor's seemed like, in mitt romney's case, he is prepared to be president, and president obama is struggling with some of the strains of being president with some of a rigid somewhat of a difficult campaign. a difficult campaign. -- with somewhat of a diffi remember when you said men are superior drivers? yeah. yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe driving bonus check? what is that? so weird, right? my agent, tom, said... [ voice of dennis ] ...only allstate sends you a bonus c
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 2:00am EDT
time from a candidate. president obama, speaking 42:50 tonight, more than 4:00 longer than governor romney, there on the right in red. top throw issues as determined by the clock. and our political experts, using best judgment to categorize what the candidates say. number one for obama the economy, 10:49. number one for rom snow, also the economy, 9:08. the president had health care as his second issue, namely, obama care. the challenger, it was the budget and taxes. president obama spent the third most time talking about budget and taxes, about a minute less than governor romney. romney's number three issue was health care. big differences when you drill down. take a look at energy, president obama spent 19 secti9 seconds on energy. governor romney, 1:43 seconds. when asked a question about education, he pivoted to energy. 2:17. president obama devoted 4:15, almost twice as much. watching this very closely. anderson, back to you. >> john king locklooking closer at the flash poll numbers. you have numbers on the economy. >> they asked the question, who would better handle the econom
FOX Business
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
reason president obama struggled tonight. he struggled the last four years. you can't make a great defense of a record that's not been great. you can't communicate well things you have not delivered well. president obama has not had the four years he wanted to have. he had to talk about it and defend it tonight. he simply -- neil: what do you make, congressman, the argument, that the president is the champ; right? he survived without getting knocked down or knocked out certainly, the default goes to the champ. the champ regimely gets the decision. >> well, i don't know. i saw moments where it looked like he was on the canvas. when mitt romney was coming barks, and point by point saying, yes, you cut medicare -- neil: the five trillion, did you, you did not -- >> here's why it register. anyone on medicare knows the government does not give you a direct amount of money. the government reimburses the doctors. if the government cuts the money that reimburses your doctors, that's how the government cuts medicare. few understand that. neil: at the very least, you think mitt romney might
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
obama knows what happened tonight. i don't think -- but i also think that this is the way this campaign works out. what happened tonight will play out clearly through the weekend to the next debate. so we should be a little -- little temperament in terms -- >> what do you think -- >> let us enjoy a good night. >> one of the things i thought was really interesting about the debate, including, of course, the fact that romney won it and everybody knows it, including obama's campaign energies, romney seemed like he understood the issues better than obama did. it was striking to me when romney said, for example, well, yes, president obama, i agree with training, but there are 47 different programs and 8 agencies and that cost as a lot of money and we need to consolidate, and by the way, your support of green energy is costing $90 billion. he did a masterful job of showing he knows the issues. >> let's see what viewers thought, next. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone ar
MSNBC
Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
before you even started. where was obama tonight? romney, i loved the split screen. staring at obama. addressing him. like the prey. he did it just right. i'm coming at an incumbent. i've got to beat the champ and i've got to beat him tonight and i don't care what this guy moderator whatever he thinks he is because i'm going to ignore him. what was romney doing? he was winning. >> he was winning. >> all right. good morning. it's thursday, october 4th. welcome to "morning joe." wow! page turns a bit. with us on set, we have msnbc contributor mike barnicle and national affairs for "new york" magazine and political analyst john heilemann. and in nashville, i love nashville, pulitzer prize-winning historian jon meacham. meacham. should we go right there? >> in one second. i've -- we've got to set this up first for mike barnicle. we've all been saying the same thing. phone calls coming in last night from my democratic friends, independent friends, republicans, everybody's been asking the same thing, where did this come from? we've never seen this mitt romney before, but you say you have.
CBS
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from denver. >> pelley: good evening, president obama and mitt romney meet here tonight on the stage behind me at the university of denver for their very first debate. the stakes are high because 34 days before the election this race is still up for grabs. the latest poll of likely voters by the "wall street journal" shows the president with a three-point lead over governor romney, 49% to 46%. but that's within the margin of but that's within the margin of error, so it's very nearly a tie. the debate tonight is the first chance voters are going to have to size up the candidates side by side. we have a team of campaign 2012 correspondents covering the debate, but first, the candidates themselves. we caught up with the president and governor romney on the campaign trail. mr. president, the race as we speak is essentially tied. i wonder, do you think this is going to come down to the debates? >> well, i don't think that any single factor ends up making a big difference. i think the debates will matter to some undecided voters and to the extent
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. but to give you an idea of the intimate setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000, but they've created this intimate setting as tens of millions watch from their living rooms tonight. when president obama and mitt romney walk onto that stage tonight, it will be the first time they've met face-to-face in four years. last time, during the presidential race in 2008, during those back-to-back democratic and republican presidential debates during the primaries, when candidates from both sides were called onto the stage, it was then senator obama and governor romney, huddled talking. they have spoken by telephone. the president congratulated romney when he clinched the republican nomination. and there was this moment in 2007, a labor day parade. >> good luck to you today. >> reporter: but tonight, they will shake hands i
MSNBC
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
want to do with people when they are poor? shove them in the emergency room. where was obama tonight? >> progressives from chris matthews to bill maher to michael moore all across the progressive wing of the democratic party, there's great disappointment. >> they were jumping out of their seats watching. >> i understand. i understand there was a hunger for us to attack romney more personally than the president did last night. >> bottom line, romney scores, but was last night the first to game-change his campaign and what they sorely needed? >> the only loophole he had enough courage to mention last night was big bird and public broadcasting. >> i think governor strickland was watching a different debate from me and the american people. >> yeah, big bird got hit by the bus last night. joining me is ed schultz, good to have you here. i was watching you last night, your immediate reaction saying that the president was off his game. you were stunned. and then you had this exchange with david plouffe from the obama campaign after the debate. take a look. >> mr. plouffe, why didn't the president mention to
CNBC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
pal of mine, completely went off the rails. take a listen to this. >> where was obama tonight? romney, i love the split screen. staring at obama. addressing him like the prey. he did it just right. i'm coming at an incumbent. i got to beat him. you got to beat the champ and i'm going to beat him tonight. what was romney doing? he was winning. >> he sure was, chris. he was winning big time. so now that romney is on a roll, where does he run after last night's sweeping win? let's talk. here now is democratic strategist steve mcmahon. and then cnbc contributor geoff jennifer rubin, author of the "washington post" right turn blog. jennifer was it a game changer for the whole presidential race? >> it potentially can be. what has to happen now romney has to build on that day after day. the difficulty they've had, this was true in the primary as well, they have a few good days and then they get off message or they fumble the ball a little bit. if they can string together one good day after another they only have to do it 33 more times they can get it done. >> growth, jennifer. growth, tax re
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
factor begins right now. >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. president obama talking race and class in a very provocative way. will that be an issue in tonight's debate? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. the conservative daily caller web site released a full tape of then senator obama speaking to a group of black ministers at hampton university in virginia back in 2007. playing to that crowd, mr. obama brought up unfairness in the wake of hurricane katrina. he cited the stafford act which requires areas that receive federal assistance to pay 10% of what they use. however, when florida was hit by hurricane andrew and new york city by the terror attack on 9/11. the stafford act was waived. but in new orleans, after katrina, president bush waived the act for just 60 days. angering mr. obama and others. >> when 9/11 happened in new york city, they waived the stafford act. said this is too serious a problem. we can't expect new york city to rebuild on its own. forget that dollar you have got to put in. here is $10. and that was the right th
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
economy, jobs, health care. a lot more. just over a month before election day. tonight, president obama and the stagey took to the first of three .ebates spiri many of you probably have about whoopinions top.up on we are live in our newsroom with bothcomes next for parties. about observation, a la men handedto to other. mitt romney held his own. saying he was more keeping the on defense. that is a victory. got called out a couple of times. the fight over tax cuts and reducing the deficit. >> i will not reduce the share by high income individuals. your running mate keep saying that. know it is a popular thing to say. e case.ot th boys. five i am used to people saying is not always repeating it on d hoping i will believe it. >> for 80 months, he has been this tax plan. -- 18 months, he has been this tax plan. now, he is saying is big, bold is never mind. >> mitt romney has not laid out the details on how he will taxes, the numbers on not favor him, at least not now. other big battle, a huge disagreement over obamacare. >> i just do not know how the president could come into , facing
FOX News
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am EDT
romney is a better place than the safe zone of barack obama. that is what you saw tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you, greta. >> greta: and former chairman of the president's council of economic advisors joins us. good evening, austin. i notice aid twit from rick klein quoting you saying showed the president has been busy with other things wasn't thrilled on answers and looked kind of tired tonight. and are those fair quotes? >> governor romney was pretty strong and had come out was tight and concise. looked like the president was tired. i think substantively, governor romney opened up a couple cans of worms he may regret. will depend on how this will play out. and this is where he will change what he's been claiming his plans were. and then... they got into a long discussion about health care i wonder if this is a little too in the weeds foremost of the people watching but think as we go home the question of is it say style liftic impregs if obama wasn't looking at romney and romney looking at obama will that matter more? or that mitt romney changed the tax plan now to say he didn'
FOX News
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
it's funny, tonight romney is much better than his campaign, obama, far worse this says governor romney did look a little different than on the campaign trail. am i wrong about that? >> this is he's been doing this for a long time. this just gave an opportunity in this forum and setting to present himself to the american people and this he did it. i loved the way he started saying you're not going play this rich versus poor game 90 minutes and you're not ing to tell the american people something that isn't true about my plans and he did that. and that is i think set the tone. he zrnt a place he can go. so that is why he was meandering not getting to the message because there is nowhere to go. what is going to talk about? he couldn't talk about the economy or jobs and for all of the wining this president does there is a nice thing sthae said you've been in charge four years if you wanted to do these things and put plans into place you had the opportunity z you didn't do it. and this is a save zone of mitt romney is a better place than the safe zone of barack obama. that is what yo
FOX News
Oct 4, 2012 1:00am PDT
things together and president obama's supporters have every reason to be upset tonight. >> and tomorrow we'll have fact checking done on everything. and in terms of this president obama supporters one of my colleagues spoke with leader pelosi and she must have seen a different debate than the rest of the democrats were tweeting tonight it says pelosi says defining moment was when romney said he would not ask the wealthyest americans to pay their fair share. that was, i mean a defining moment made for leader pelosi but... it did not seem like a great night for the president. >> interest there is 55 million people watching. people goring to make their judgments independent of the kmechblts very interesting, the president off times the talking points. so one thing he said romney had secret plans on jobs, economy and regulation. and taxes. just after romney spent time giving the details on awful those being critical of very specific pro visions of don frank. and this is the president was not in denver. i thought he spent too much time shooting bass cats rather than prepping for this thing.
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm EDT
. tonight, a high stakes showdown as president barack obama and mitt romney took the stage in denver to go head to head for the first time. an estimated 60 million americans tuned in to watch this critical moment in an often contentious presidential campaign with the election just 34 days away. crucial swing voters still undecided. with romney trailing in the polls, time running short, tonight could be his turning point. here's how it went down. they came out, shook hands, ready for the main event. but president obama began soft, very soft. a shoutout to the first lady. >> i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now, we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> romney graciously followed suit with an easy quip. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine, here with me. >> reporter: and then they got down to business. the subject, jobs. romney took it to the president from the get-go. >> middle income families are being crushed. >> reporter: it w
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
time, present the same president obama as you presented tonight, or would you counsel the president, your boss, to make some changes? >> look, brian, people know the president. this is not -- mitt romney's reintroducing himself constantly to the american people. the american people know the president. they know that he's earnestly fighting for the middle class, that he believes in a balanced way forward where we reduce our deficit, still invest in education, and the other things that we need to grow this economy. and they know whose side he's on. so i would counsel him with regard to seeing who he is, keep fighting for people. >> so you're perfectly happy with his demeanor and his energy level tonight? >> what i'm happy with is the path he wants to lead this country on. and what's very clear is the contrast with what we saw on the other side. we have a balanced way forward or we can go back to what we were doing before, and we know where that ended, in an economic catastrophe. and no matter how energetically governor romney presents his case, that is where he wants to lead the count
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
obamas' 20th wedding anniversary tonight. watching along with us has been our team. david gregory, the moderator of "meet the press." social media. everybody with a twitter account has opined already. it appeared that an energetic mitt romney showed up for this face time tonight before a national audience. >> energetic, aggressive, came like he understood that the stakes were high, that he's behind in this race. and what a contrast, brian. president obama looked like a president who felt he had a pretty comfortable lead in the polls and wanted to stay above the fray. decidedly unfeisty in his approach. a lot of people felt he was not very crisp in his presentation, perhaps should have been more crisp after four years in the white house. governor chris christie on "meet the press" sunday said there would be a different narrative in this race come thursday morning. i think a lot of republicans are going to feel that that's indeed the case. >> very interesting scene playing out here on the stage. really the first time these two families have had the time and occasion to spend time wi
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
challenged tonight. the obama people may have been waiting for sort of a moment when mitt romney would be caught offguard, but their guy didn't -- didn't dig at him and that might have prompted an error on romney's part. he's not good when things get awkward. >> my experience with presidents is during the first term, they are surrounded by people who are pretty sicophatic, are you the greatest president ever or just merely one of the greatest. it is so expected to have somebody come and challenge you sharply. but i have seen presidents who sort of reverse themselves. >> you think we saw the results of being in a presidential bubble? >> not the first incumbent to have a bad first debate? >> and a very strong second debate. >> we'll watch that. wolf. >> rob portman, senator from ohio played the president in the preparation for mitt romney. getting a lot of credit tonight. john kerry played mitt romney for the president. not hearing so much with john kerry. we'll check in with that. both candidates threw around big numbers, our own tom foreman joins us with a reality check? >> this is the do
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm PDT
. >> reporter: but astonishingly in the debate tonight, those comments never came up. obama declined an opportunity, or simply whiffed, when given the chance, when he was asked a broad question on the role of government. he ended up talking about, well, something. >> in the middle of the civil war, abraham lincoln said, let's help to finance the transcontinental railroad. >> reporter: romney's response was clear, practiced and forcibly delivered. >> we have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people and that means the military, second to none. >> reporter: at the end, they shook hands and then, a moment offing toness. the obamas and the romneys on stage. but even as they were enjoying a little bipartisanship, both sides began spinning and readying for the next round. two more rounds ahead. just ahead, in our program, who made the grade? who missed the mark? the experts who prepped sarah palin and george w. bush for their debates tell us how they scored tonight's candidates for a "nightline" report card. yeah, i'm looking to save, but i'm not sure which policy is r
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
debate. sure enough, we're hearing it tonight, kahne. >> jessica yellin from the obama campaign's stephanie cutter. that's why they call it the spin room. wolf. >> kahnca candy, you heard step cutter take a swipe at jim lehrer. you know who the next moderator will be. that will be you. give me your impression, your sense of what happened tonight from a moderator's perspective. we saw the president got four extra minutes in the course of this debate over mitt romney. >> i think, you know, he's in the arena, there is -- and i salute anybody in there, both the candidates as well as the moderator. jim has been around a long time. i'm not sure about the minutes. in the end, this debate is brought to you by these candidates, and to me, it's better to hear from the candidates than to hear from the moderator. generally folks that felt their guy lost the debate might want more time or less. if you look back at other debates jim has done, he tries to engage candidates who are really unwilling to engage each other at time. the president wouldn't look at mitt romney, seemed to be this they di
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